'Will certainly push him' - Douglas gives verdict in battle for Celtic first-team spot
Former Celtic goalkeeper Rab Douglas believes that Craig Gordon is still the Hoops number one goalkeeper, but Scott Bain is more than capable of pushing him all the way for the first-team spot.
Both players had a part to play as the Hoops clinched the domestic treble for the second season in a row but Gordon regained his spot in goals after returning from a knee injury.
Douglas doesn’t see that situation changing next season despite the good form of Bain when he played for the Hoops.
“Craig is still the No1 but Scott will certainly push him and it is a good thing for Craig to have someone of Scott’s calibre pushing him” Douglas said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“I saw a lot of Scott at Dundee and he was very comfortable with the ball at his feet.
“Craig continues to play at the highest level. He is still very slender and doesn’t seem to put weight on.
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“At the start he didn’t look comfortable with it but he is now. He is a double treble winner, so there is not much you can say to that.”
Both players are set to battle it out for the goalkeeping slot next season, starting with the Champions League qualifiers which begin in July.
Football Insider verdict
Goalkeeping is of course vital to a team, and the Hoops are fortunate to have two very good players battling it out for that number one spot. They are able to push each other on, and both men seem to have upped their game since Bain joined the Hoops from Dundee. With Bain not at the club on a permanent basis last season, Brendan Rodgers will now be extremely pleased to have two goalkeepers of such high calibre on his books. Of course, the big question will be who has the goalkeeper gloves at the start of next season. Douglas seems to be correct to lean towards Gordon, after he returned to the first team at the end of the season. So you would expect the veteran shot-stopper to be in goals when the Hoops start their Champions League qualification process in July. But Gordon will be fully aware that one bad performance could see Bain make his return to the starting line-up, and will be wanting to guard against complacency.
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